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March Volunteer of the Month – Ronald Treaseh

March 2, 2009 01:54 PM

By: Tori Townsend

Birthplace:
Chicago, IL
Family Members Include: Lyn, Roland, Ryan and Roni
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite Food: Fried Chicken
Favorite Travel Spot: Hawaii
Favorite Tennis Stroke/Shot: Backhand crosscourt drop shot

Ronald Treaseh of Ft. Myers started playing tennis 30 years ago after he saw some “very attractive and energetic people” playing tennis on public courts behind the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. “I wanted to be part of that group,” Treaseh said. Ten years later, he married a young lady out of that same group. “My best tennis memory is meeting my wife Lyn, the love of my life, on the tennis courts.”

Today, after long-term careers with IBM and Xerox in the Windy City, Treaseh is retired and volunteers for the Lee County Community Tennis Association (LCCTA) as Treasurer in Ft. Myers. His attention to detail, affection for numbers and sound financial management skills has enabled the LCCTA to maintain its outreach amidst tough economic times.

“With the help of Harriett Bohannan [LCCTA president] and Claudia Hudson [LCCTA executive director], we have been able to finish the year in a strong financial position allowing us to continue offering after school tennis programs, youth summer tennis camps, USTA Jr. Team Tennis leagues, Ralleyball, wheelchair tennis instruction and play, adult tennis leagues, lessons and clinics for all,” Treaseh said.

In December 2008, Racquet Sports Industry named the LCCTA Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year and Champions of Tennis for its ability to grow programs and run an efficient non-profit organization. Treaseh consistently handles the LCCTA’s finances with responsibility, accuracy and integrity, which is imperative to the success of the CTA.

“All of the board members are very proud to be recognized by the Racquet Sports Industry,” Treaseh said. “We try to do everything with quality and enthusiasm so it is great to be recognized for those efforts.”

Treaseh advises all enterprises to operate with integrity, accuracy and openness when dealing with their organization's funds and to utilize and recognize volunteers as much as possible. “Maximize your fundraising efforts, be sure to recognize contributors and minimize expenses,” he expressed.

Besides offering his financial services to the LCCTA, Treaseh plays on four different tennis teams. “I found that my organization skills were better than my playing skills so I have consistently organized teams,” he said. A USTA member since 1982, “… so I could participate in a mixed doubles tournament with my future wife…,” tennis has given him his best friends, a social life and an opportunity to combine two loves – tennis and finance.

He believes enthusiastically that tennis is an activity for a lifetime and has enjoyed the game both on and off the court. In fact, he and Lyn have been to every US Open since 1985.

“I am most proud of being able to help youngsters mature, get college educations and grow into productive and positive adults and citizens through the various tennis programs and activities,” Treaseh said.

For his love of numbers and love of the game, USTA Florida recognizes Treaseh as its March Volunteer of the Month!

QUICK Q&A

My earliest tennis memory was… learning to play at a public park while my two year old son sat in a stroller by the tennis court. That was forty years ago!

If I could play tennis with three people, they would be… Arthur Ashe, Martina Navratilova and Venus Williams.

When I am not playing tennis I am… trying to figure out ways to help kids develop into strong and decent adults.

 

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